Cycle IV Interns Kick Off Year Two of BEST Internship Program

Posted by Marissa Anema Friday, March 25, 2011 11:57:00 AM

HIGHTSTOWN, N.J. - After a very successful first year, with over 20 interns working throughout the state at New Jersey credit unions, the Building Economic Strength Together (BEST) internship program kicks off 2011 with Cycle IV.

Currently eight interns are working at six N.J. credit unions, including the New Jersey Credit Union League, Affinity FCU, First Jersey CU, Healthcare Employees FCU, Members 1st of NJ FCU, Rutgers FCU, and XCEL FCU.

BEST intern Brenda Luengas working on projects for NJCUL.

The BEST program is a collaborative project that provides an internship opportunity for people with disabilities. The goal of the program is to strengthen the connection between credit unions and the disability community. The disability community is large with many unbanked and underbanked people. The BEST Internship Program serves as a way to reach out to this large and growing population in a meaningful way.

This program was developed by a partnership between the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions (Federation), the National Disability Institute (NDI), and Allies Inc., a New Jersey-based training group for people with disabilities, and funding was provided by the Kessler Foundation.

New Jersey credit unions have the opportunity to participate in a program that will serve as a national model. Training for the BEST interns is paid for and conducted by the partner organizations. The credit unions involved in the project have little or no cost associated with participation.

If you are interested in learning how your credit union can participate in Cycle V beginning in June, please contact Pamela Owens, Federation Director of Education at Training, at or (800) 437-8711 ext. 215, or Mark Lynch from REAL Solutions at or (906) 632-3036.


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